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election day, president obama and governor mitt romney are crisscrossing key battleground states, governor romney holding three rallies in florida, and president obama stopped in new hampshire and talk about his promise for the future. >> the unemployment rate is falling. manufacturing, coming back to our shores. our assembly lines are humming again. housing prices are starting to pick up. housing starts are on the move. we have a lot of work to do but, new hampshire, the country has come too far for us to turn back now. >> governor romney holding three rallies across florida today where he is calling for more partisan cooperation in washington. i'll see you again on the fox news channel at 6:00 eastern. right now we go back to "the journal editorial report",. >> welcome would to journal -- "the journal editorial report." aisle paul gigot. the election focuses on a mall group of key states but not the states either campaign or the political pundits might have expected. wisconsin, pennsylvania, and michigan, all of which president obama carried by double digits in 2008. my guess t
bedfellows, president obama and governor chris christie now united in crisis. they have been working closely to clean up new jersey after superstorm sandy left parts of the state in ruins, but christie's been far from friendly with the president in the past, acting as one of mitt romney's most outspoken attack dogs, slamming the president's leadership in stump speeches and campaign rallies all year. listen to christie just two weeks ago. >> he never ran anything in his life so the president doesn't know how to lead. we watch what he's been like for the past four years. he's like a man wandering around a dark room, hand up against the wall, clutching for the light switch of leadership, and he just can't find it, and he won't find it in the next 18 days! >> apparently governor christie thinks the governor has found it. cnn contributors errol lewis and eric join us. i want to read a tweet you posted not too long ago. it's so cute that obama is trying to look like he's in charge with the hurricane. someone should ask the libyan consulate for a comment. do you still stand by this, and what do you
. in a few hours president obama will head to new jersey for a first-hand look at the devastation from the monster storm sandi. he will tour the damage with governor chris christie and thank the first responders. he visited the american cross headquarters and vowed america will get through this. >> this is a tough time for a lot of people millions of folks across the eastern sea board, but america is tough. and we are tougher because we pull together we leave nobody behind. we make sure that we respond as a nation. >> he wanted to visit new york city but mayor michael bloomberg said thanks but no thanks. he said now is not the time for the president to visit. mitt romney will head to florida with senate candidate ronny mac. he will head to ohio to help those in need. >> we have heavy hearts with major suffering going on in a part of our country. part of the american spirit the american way to give to people who are in need and your generosity this morning touches my heart and i appreciate what you have done. >> we are in the home stretch less than a week. 6 days left until the election
with president obama and governors and other mayors. what was president obama's message to you? >> i heard you played part of the -- i guess a clip from his speech. president obama is singularly focused on making sure that states and cities -- governors and mayors on the call -- he wants to make sure that the department of homeland security and fema do everything they possibly can. i've never heard the president so serious so direct, so focused and literally kind of listening as a civilian though to the commander in chief. he's directing his forces to make sure that all of us get what we need and said basically at the end if you're not getting something, call me directly at the white house. i'm going to be up pretty late for the next couple of days. >> jennifer: there's nothing more reassuring than that. >> no. >> jennifer: than getting the phone number from the president in case you need something. >> who are you going to call? you know, i'm going to call the president of the united states. i think i'll get something d
that to the way the republicans treated barack obama and you see the total hypocrisy of that claim. >> governor, philadelphia aside obama's biggest drop off has been among middle to upper class suburban women. why do you think that is? you know the state. >> because the economy is not doing well. pennsylvania's economy has taken a nose dive since i left. when i left -- well truth is truth. when i left we were 7.4% unemployment, almost two points below the national average. we're now above the national average by a third of a point. so, it's significant. but the economy has not done well and suburban women are conscious of the economy. you'll know right away in pennsylvania, you don't have to look far to see whether this will be a close race. just look at the turnout in philadelphia. if the turnout approaches '08 levels it's katie bar the door, philadelphia will give obama so many votes there's no way the rest of the state can come pen st. two the philadelphia suburbs. unless mitt romney is running close to even in a couple of those four suburban or five suburban counties, he has no chance to wi
. >> governor, i've seen a lot of smart people say and write obama can't lead romney can work across the aisle that's why we should go for romney. which of course builds, plays in to the strategy of obstruction. republicans refuse to work with obama, making him seem like he can't lead and romney gets to come in and says i'll break the gridlock which ultimately is a strategy which rewards obstruction and says there's no pain for it, this is horrific behavior it's okay we'll reward it. do you understand why smart people would look at what's actually going on in washington and add it up that way and not want to punish the republicans for obstruction? >> no. i really can't. when you think about it, the president gets criticized for not reaching across the aisle. what did mitch mcconnell say early on in the first year of president obama's presidency. our number one goal is to make sure barack obama is he's a one term president. he's been faced with resistance by republicans. contrast that to george w. bush. his major initiatives, war in iraq, medicare part d and no child left behind had substantial
. >>> switching gears to politics now, president obama and governor romney are canceling some of their campaign events because of the hurricane. the president is in florida this morning but canceled stops in three other states. >> romney is heading away from the east coast today to campaign in ohio, iowa and wisconsin. >>> hurricane sandy is also causing some trouble with early voting. the lines stretched around some polling places saturday as people tried to beat the storm and go vote. >> and we continue to track hurricane sandy. coming up next, we'll get the latest from tucker barnes who is tracking it for us. we'll be right back. anncr: every president inherits challenges. few have faced so many. four years later... our enemies have been brought to justice. our heroes are coming home. assembly lines are humming again. there are still challenges to meet. children to educate. a middle class to rebuild. but the last thing we should do is turn back nonow. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. a west virginia casino launching the biggest ad barrage ever. don't be misled
to run from. president obama will be here later today. he will be surveying the damage along the jersey shore along with governor chris christie. officers tell me that this bridge will likely not be open until friday at the very earliest. later today they will resume efforts to rescue anyone there on the jersey shore. >>> nbc meteorologist bill karins has your weather channel forecast. bill, we know sandy is a much different storm than it was before. it's still moving. >> the damage is done. what was amazing yesterday is the winds and the weather from kentucky to tennessee all the way up to the great lakes was affected by this hurricane that made landfall in new jersey. unheard of storm. it was such a broad storm. you saw the devastation. the insurance numbers and the cost estimates to the economy is just going to be staggering for a category 1 hurricane. it appears that we'll easily make the top five list, possibly somewhere up here with hurricane andrew. these numbers are adjusted with inflation. will ma, ike were category 3 storm. andrew was a five. sandy, the only category 1. mostly
.c. public schools also will be closed. >>> president obama, local governors and other leaders are all asking all of us to stay home and stay safe through the rest of this storm. if you don't have what you need at home, chances are the stores don't have it either. >> pat collins has been out in montgomery county all day. he's up on i-270 in rockville. pat? >> reporter: jim, i've been to gas stations that don't have gas. i've been to radio shacks that don't have transistor radios. and flashlights, forget about flashlights. if you don't have it by now, this is no time to go out and get it. stay home. live without it. wait this storm out. now, we're on 270 near montrose road. the rain here is relentless. we get sudden gusts of win every now and again. the traffic is light. but getting through the roads, likely to become dangerous. let's hear now from some 270 road warriors. >> hard driving. win wind. >> reporter: hard to keep the control? >> yep. it's raining a lot. but it's not disrupting traffic at all. >> i can still see where i'm going at leas i'm glad i have traction control on my car. >> i
? >> unfortunately not. but last night after midnight i talked to president obama, i talked to governor christie, been talking to numerous people here on the ground, who are in charge of that. everybody knows the urgency. everybody knows, especially when you have dense populations, and a lot of people are really reliant for medical reasons on power, that you get a sense of urgency to get this done. i don't have any more specific updates. i just do know that everybody from the federal, state, local level, that's one of the major missions today. secondary obviously to keeping everybody immediately safe. because there are many, many hazards in the streets. many downed power lines. so many flooded areas, and people still principally important and we're asking people to stay home. to stay out of the way so power crews, emergency responders, and others can get their work done. >> let me ask you a quick question before i let you go. we're looking at pictures from yesterday in atlantic city where the 234r50ding was very bad. what happens to election day? you know it's a week from today. you may not have
the while they forget their president barack obama cut fema. megyn: the folks who are opposing governor romney in this race are talking about he wants to abolish fema. he wants to get rid of fema because of an answer he gave during a debate to john king of cnn talking about how we need to make cuts in certain programs and talked about our debt. that's my own characterization of it. he's right. fema is kinds of a catchall. a lot of times it's under turned. knowing they will have to get more money to in fact fund it. when they do that all these happy members of congress are glad to put every pork barrel project in the world into it they couldn't get vote on in a regular lay in washington, d.c. but fema isn't going to go anywhere. and mitt romney is right. there are times when you can look to the states to do a better job than washington, d.c. and that's what we need to look at. that's what he wants to do as president. he didn't say he was going to get rid of fema. he said he will look at like everything else. but he's not playing politics. conservatives who are supportive of the governmen
if they're not. governor romney made a very strong case against barack obama, his failed policies and how it's done enormous amount of damage to americans across the country. so that's the case we're making, because the big decision is next week. and the governor understands the failed policies of barack obama, but he's been working with him on this storm and feels he's working very well with him. so be it. >> it is an image that will stick in some people's minds. i just want to ask you, "wall street journal" wrote a headline about the storm and underneath the headline about the storm, which is the top story around the country, is, race is back on after storm hiatus. as you can see, it did make the front page. look, i guess that's something. it is a presidential election. but has the hiatus slowed mitt romney's momentum? are you just hoping whatever people thought before the storm, they froze whatever they're going to do and still going to do it and not see any swing back to the president? >> there's no question we have five days left, the momentum is with us, but you stop campaigning, yo
of governor romney, president obama will probably say, i haven't gotten his official response, he will probably say the economy is expanding. it is going in the right direction. we need more time for number of new jobs we really need but we're going in the right direction. governor romney will almost certainly respond we're not growing fast enough. we could do a whole lot better without going into all this debt. bill: stuart, thank you. the closing argument for governor romney happens this afternoon. we'll show you which state he is making that in. it will be very interesting to many. thank you, stuart. see you 9:20 on fbn. you got it. martha. martha: let's get another look at this jobs picture. there is combination of 23 million americans who are either unemployed right now or what we call underemployed. more than 3.5 million of those folks have been unemployed a year or more. it taking average for 40.2 weeks for someone unemployed to find a job. that is a very long time. i don't have to tell any folks that are in that situation that is painful. here is another look at it, anothe
there working 16 hour days. melissa: a couple of minutes ago president obama was standing there in new jersey with governor chris christie giving a speech. chris christie obviously got a lot of press today about praising president obama. at the same time mayor bloomberg said meese don't come to new york city. we just can't handle the traffic and can't take the motorcade and all of that. how would you feel about the president coming to visit pennsylvania and has he talked to you at all? >> we talked in the group discussions where he has talked to the governors a couple times now. when it comes to the motorcades we're probably a little better able to handle that. i think i understand mayor bloomberg. it takes a great deal to move a president in a motorcade. takes a lot of law enforcement resources. there are a lot of streets may or may not be closed down. here in pennsylvania we would probably be able to get him around. we don't have the devastation to the extent that the people in new jersey and people in new york have. i'm sure that is where the president feel he needs to be and should job wh
obama got a first-hand look at sandy's destruction in new jersey today. governor chris christie certainly welcomed him with open arms. not so for new york city mayor bloomberg. he told the president not to come here. maybe for the first time ever i actually agree with the mayor. it is bad enough trying to get around right now. look at this! this is the traffic outside right now. look that!? what a nightmare! it's horrible! without a presidential motorcade blocking off a whole section of the city. look at that. that is the worst thing i've ever seen. here to disagree with me is very brave chicago you would alderman joe marino. welcome back. >> i have to be brave to disagree with you. melissa: i think so. especially on this topic, when you look at the gridlock that we just showed our whole audience who maybe isn't familiar, look at that! i'm never getting home tonight. i'm supposed to go trick-or-treat. it is never going to happen. the mayor said, quote, i love this, we would love to have him but we have lots of things to do. you think that is rude? >> sure. no, look. it would be
right now? governor romney is leading president obama by four points among likely voters 50-46 percent. now our campaign insiders, a former republican congressman for new york, john leboutillier, and pat caddell, former pollster for jimmy carter, and doug schoen a fox news contributor and former pollster for bill clinton. doug, where does the race stand? >>doug: first, the national popular vote, you look at average, 1.5 to 2 points for governor romney. there are eight daily national polls. the governor romney has been leading in five or six. the swing states, we will get do that in a second, they are deadlocked and the momentum we talked about last week, it continues to be ever-so-slightly in my judgment, for governor romney. >>gregg: and now the rasmussen poll, the national poll, governor romney is 50 and president obama at 47 and most of the national polls are showing governor romney with a lead. now, having said that, pat, talk about the president's declining job approval. >>pat: we have talked on the program, i said the most important number is the job approval. he is holding at 50
of days here. >> geraldo: so, you have both governor romney and president obama trying to balance the fact that the election is eight, nine days away, with the, first of all, the perception that they have to be paying attention, they have to be-- the president literally has to be there in command as commander-in-chief, it's a very, very difficult balancing act for them and it comes at a time. i have the polls in front of me, erin, i'd like to run over with you. first of all, we have the gallup daily tracking poll today that shows governor romney up by four points, 50-46. you have the rasmussen daily tracking poll that has governor romney up 50-47. the real clear politics average though is closer, that has 47.7 for governor and 46.8 for president obama, so, erin, real clear politics, you guys have this as a virtual dead heat? >> we do. in the national polls right now, it looks like mitt romney is ahead. he's poised to have a victory in the popular vote, if the election were held today. but if you look at the a lot of the state polls, it looks like president obama is headed for a vi
as it was in 2000. >> it's one of several scenarios facing president obama and governor romney. >> you could have romney winning the popular vote but losing the electoral vote. >> 270 electoral votes are needed to clinch the presidency but in another hypothetical, george condon says both candidates could fall short. >> if you have the right combination of states breaking, you could have an electoral vote tie of 269-269. which would be a real mess. >> that would leave the decision up to congress. >> in that case, we start pushing into relatively unknown territory of the house of representatives electing the president in a special way. >> if the house keeps its republican majority, mitt romney would be favored to win the white house but the senate elects the vice president and if that stays in democrats' hands, joe biden would probably be their pick. a romney-ben administration? most presidential prognosticators say it's unlikely at this point but not totally out of the realm of possibility. >> new york mayor and john's hopkins university graduate michael bloomberg was in baltimore last night rally
can see these campaigns are taking no chances. >> reporter: governor romney will join ryan's bus tour in ohio. president obama canceled events in virginia and colorado. he'll do one last rally in florida today before heading back to washington. on sunday the president met with fema, the federal emergency management agency overseeing the government's plans to help states and cities. >> anything they need, we will be there. we're going to cut through red tape. we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. >> reporter: in florida the president told campaign workers turnout is the key. >> whoever is able to get their voters out, they're the one whose are going to win florida. >> reporter: that could be tough in states where sandy is headed. maryland already canceled early voting today. virginia, a battleground state could see power outages lasting until election day. >> several months ago we had the largest -- third largest power outage in history but we got everything pretty much back on in seven days. we're not expecting that this time. >> reporter: virginia is already plannin
to the polls. how do any affect this? >> we've seen both governor romney and president obama have to cancel events, obama in virginia, and adjust their schedules. president obama canceling an event in colorado. that's one big impact right now and also it will affect their efforts to get out the vote and early voting didn't seem to have much effect on the early voting in florida yesterday but could complicate efforts to get out the vote in virginia and ohio, two other key states that will be impacted by the storm and finally if this storm is as bad as it seems to be right now, it could block out the closing arguments of these candidates in the last nine days. >> in some ways this is the real october surprise. i wonder if you're the president, how do you manage campaigning because the job is truly on the line with governing and managing perhaps a large disaster response. >> you show you're in touch. that's why the president put out photos of him talking to the director of the federal emergency management agency and he also is returning to the white house tomorrow afternoon, as i said, cancel
and governor christie is with mitt romney, understands the failed policies of barack obama but working with them on this storm and feels he's working very well with him. >> it is an image that sticks in some people's mines. "the wall street journal" wrote a headline about the storm and underneath the headline about the storm which is the top story around the country is "race is back on after storm hiatus." smaller font but it made the front page. that's something, but barely making the front page. has the hiatus slowed mitt romney's momentum? are you hoping whatever people thought before the storm they froze whatever they're going to do and still going to do it and not going to swing back to the president because of the storm? >> that will have to be seen. there's no question we have five days left that the momentum is with us, has been now for a long time. obviously you stop campaigning for a few days, you have to come back, see what happens out there but the key is, we've been living under barack obama for four years. americans know exactly the impact his policies have had on him, en
election day, that's right, one week, president barack obama and governor mitt romney are suspending their campaigns for today. president obama is at the white house, and is monitoring the impact and response to superstorm sandy. aide force governor mitt romney say if anything, he will take part am some sort of relief effort. the federal government is shut down again today, but the labor department says friday's big jobs report will still be released on schedule. >> hard to believe that the election is next week. >> obviously, we were all consumed with it, and in the last few day, we have been dealing with this storm. but we will be back to it i'm sure tomorrow or thursday. >> there we go. >> uh-huh. >> good morning. >> we're still not out of the woods with this. the impact of the storm is just absolutely amazing. so we are going to get right to it and let people know exactly what is going on. let's look at the infrared satellite shot of what was hurricane sandy. now it is actually about 90 miles west of philadelphia. but you know what? take a look at the wide area still being impact
to look like? >> governor, the big claim of the obama administration is that his saving and rescuing the automobile industry is one of the key reasons that ohio is doing better. i saw numbers that didn't match that up. and what is the true store store of how many jobs are auto-related jobs. >> we'll go throughlet numbers. we created 112,000 in ohio. since we took office. of that 112,000, 400, of those jobs are associated with the auto. >> 4400-- four hundred out of 112,000? >> yes. we have a diverse economy and focusing on making it technical and food production and manufacturing. and medical. we are growing in many different industry segments and that is it partly contributed to ohio's success. >> it is it a fascinating store store and i think you and governor casack deserves credit. i can do that. and we are expecting governor romney to spheek soon out of englewood, colorado. we'll carry it live and we don't want to miss it. right here on huckabee. stay with us. . [ male announcer ] only polaris delivers the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility. the only trail capa
to that the backdrop, of course, a presidential election just eight days away. president obama, governor romney forced to cancel some events and reschedule others. we just got word that the president has cancelled a planned event in florida this morning in order to get back to washington. they were worried air force one may not be able to land in deteriorating conditions. >> we've got correspondents all up and down the east coast. let's start with al roker in point pleasant beach, new jersey. al, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, i can tell you, matt, that these dunes that i'm on were built for a storm in 1992 that had washed into the town and caused massive damage. these dunes are in damage of breaching. high tide is starting to come up over the dunes. this is a massive storm, as you mentioned, and it will get more intense. it's now over the gulf stream that's running parallel to the east coast. that is extremely warm water. we've seen pressure drops. the pressure is now down to 941 millibars, and it may strengthen even more. we expect more strengthening. take a look at a path of, first of all
between governor romney and president obama on the issue of what to do now, other than to get a little tougher. i figure that is not going to work. iran is going to get a nuclear weapon. i do not care how many centers to put in place. they are moving forward and have made that clear. i don't think either candidate has laid out what they would do and where there would be a red line. would you draw a bad -- a red line? netanyahu has asked for it, but neither of our candidates have said what they are going to do. russia is very different than it was four years ago. in their aspirations and what they are doing in trying to influence the region and change things. it is one of the reasons i do not think we should pull our troops out of japan and western europe. we made a deal with the japanese and the germans that if they did militarize we will be there if some of their more hostile neighbors are thinking of expansion. i do not think we want to militarize germany or japan. if we leave, that is what is going to happen. i do not think that is good for the world. should the united states played
to victory. the race is neck and neck. the real clear politics average shows president obama and romney tied with almost 48%. governor romney leads the president 50 to 46%. that's just within the margin of sampling error. taking a fair and balanced look at colorado with fox news political analyst and democratic campaign consultant , the founder of 100 proof politics.com. good to see both of you. we are looking at religion first. we are talking about 23% of the evangelicals in colorado and only 2% mormon. the bottom line is can you take religion and does that directly correlate to votes? >> not only religion, but in the state of colorado, let's look at people there. they are fiercely independent. they maintain their strong values in their western traditions. if you look at the unemployment rate it is very high. mitt romney has momentum there. but if you look at the ballot initiatives -- >> one second. we will slow down. the unemployment high is not that high. it is 8%. i am just saying. >> exactly. >> we would like no one to be out of a job. >> exactly. >> you can't say it is very high. >> we
't tell it all, 4% say president obama. 48% say governor romney. doug, you have been reading these tea leaves your whole life. your whole career life. >> sadly i have. martha: tell us what are you reading in them? >> first you're exactly right, martha, when you see 48-48 leading the country it says as the race you suggested a tie. the challenge for the obama campaign is with interest lower among their supporters than among the romney supporters, is to get their supporters to the polls. martha: you know what you hear, doug? their ground game is so strong and that they, their early voter turnout, i mean i've seen things on both side, that are supportive of the early voter turnout. again all who you ask. >> that's the point i was going to make. the obama campaign in say the state of ohio is investing $50 million in gotv activity. unless they pull voters to the polls the natural enthusiasm advantage the republicans enjoy could give governor romney a slight edge. the gotv effort i firmly believe is stronger on the democratic side than the republican side. it is not ideology, it is just fact
obama walking with republican governor chris christie, the two of them who've given each other a lot of credit for working to the through this storm as a sign many people are taking of bipartisanship. but i do also want to talk about mayor michael bloomberg, who was once a democrat, then a republican, now an independent. so i guess, claiming multipartisanship mantle in some ways. he did something surprising yesterday. he endorsed president obama after saying a couple weeks ago he wasn't going to endorse at all. i'm wondering if you think that's significant? >> well, you know, the interests thing about that was i thought he already had. so it was news to me that he hadn't before tuesday. look, you and i both know endorsements always will get you about half someone's friends and all of their enemies. it's not something that always carries a lot of help. but honestly, the bipartisanship on the part of the president, sure you welcome that. but where has it been for the last three years and ten months? we need a president who kind of understands something about business creation. the fact
governor romney was going to endorse president obama. we roman catholic say that boy had an epiphany. governor romney went from sank it was a mistake we did not leave 30,000 troops in iraq. he sounded like he was against the war from the beginning. i was amazed. he went from labeling russia last year as the single greatest geopolitical threats to the united states and even opposed the new gun control treaty that every republican said to push that, he said he would not have supported it. all of a sudden we can work with russia. you know that. did you hear that? i thought, turn that tv up. he is now putin's best friend. when as in the second debate what would you commit to, he said it depends. with these guys it depends on everything. it always depends who they're talking to or where they are. it depends on what the vote is. it always depends. i am from pennsylvania. the grandfather always said be aware of the convertists. one issue they cannot bring themselves to say they now agreed with us on was issues relating to women. think about it now. they are ready to jettison foreign-policy
voters go to the polls. >> we have seen some of the effect. both governor romney and president obama have canceled events in virginia. one big impact right now. also, it's going to effect their effort to get out the vote. didn't have much effect on early voting in florida yesterday. it could complicate it in virginia and ohio. two other key states that will impacted. then finally, is this storm as bad as it seems to be right now, it could block out the closing arguments of these candidates. in the last nine days. >> in some ways this is the real october surprise. i wonder, if you're the president how do you manage campaigning, because his job is truly on the line here with governing and imagine perhaps a large disaster. >> you show that you're in touch. the president was already talking to the federal emergency management agency. he's returning to the white house tomorrow afternoon, as i said, cancelling some events. the biggest problem for the president right now, if he makes any mishandling of this storm could affect the final days of this race. more than any other factor. >> in nonweat
. the story continues. we're waiting for president obama and governor christie's arrival. that will be an interesting bipartisan moment here in atlantic city. >> that fire hydrant picture is stunning. scott cohn, you're in a part of manhattan that's described as two different cities right now. that couldn't be more true. >> reporter: good morning from wall street. we moved inland from battery park and if you were just dropped here from outer space and just looked around for a second, you might think that this is a regular day at the office. of course it's not. mayor michael bloomberg was here to ring the opening bell for trading. we asked him as he came out of the exchange about the symbolism of that opening bell. >> it's good for the city and good for the country and good for everybody to get back to work. >> reporter: as you can see, the workers are here. many of them got here before dawn to try to get things going. it is not easy to function in your daily life on wall street today. nothing is open. there's no power around here. more to the point, there are a lot of iss
on that in just a couple of minutes. >> all right ahead, sandy has both president obama and governor romney standing down on the politics with the presidential race exactly one week away. they have canceled their public events today and friday's all-important jobs report might be delayed. we'll talk about the storm's impact on the race and the economy with chuck todd and cnbc's jim cramer just ahead. >> a quick note for you. we're sad to say that due to sandy we will not be having our halloween celebration on the plaza tomorrow, so if you were planning to join us out here in costume, we want you to stay home, stay safe. we will get that done at some other point. things are more important. >> they are indeed. you'll have to put the ponte hose away for another year. get the latest on the storm, the record flooding we've seen in lower manhattan. let's get to natalie morales in battery park city in the southern tip of mat hannan. natalie, good morning to you again. >> reporter: good morning to you, savannah, once again. we're fully now beginning to realize the devastation of sandy. as you have
much damage. thanks a lot. mike berry with the insurance information institute. >> tom: governor mitt romney today promised big changes if he's elected, in a speech billed as his closing argument in the campaign. he accused president obama of shrinking from the major issues facing the nation. romney promised to offer policies that matched the scale of today's economic challenges. he again touted his five point plan for economic growth, including promoting small businesses, cutting the federal budget, and keeping taxes low. >> this is not the time to double down on trickle down government policies that have failed us. it's time for new bold changes that measure up to the moment and that can bring america's families the certainty that the future will be better than the past. >> tom: the obama campaign pushed back against the speech, a spokeswoman today said while governor romney is promising change, it's change that will lead us back to the same failed policies that crashed our economy in the first place. >> tom: in cities across the u.s., the biggest mortgage lender, wells fargo lookin
of people blame it on global warming, including al gore and governor of maryland. on the margin this hurts obama a little bit in that it ads to the sort of general feeling that things are amiss in america. specific terms, you know, one swing state most affected by this storm, pennsylvania, and if there is one place you could see the effect of the hurricane, hurting voting turn-out is in philadelphia. maybe on the margin that helps the romney campaign in state of pennsylvania. >> bret: let me push back. it hurts because things are amiss in america? >> i would no sense suggesting that people are going to rationally conclude obama is responsible for the hurricane. of course not. but if you looking at a candidate, incumbent and ask am i happy with the state of the country right now, possible on the margins to effect the tiny group of undecided voters at this stage, you know, the fact there is a hurricane and ugly pictures on television add to the cumulative effect that america is not going in right direction. >> response and how it, the response has gone arguably you had new jersey governor ch
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